Sustainable Agriculture Sciences Harpenden

TitleSustainable Agriculture Sciences Harpenden
TypeScience Department
InstituteRothamsted Research
HeadSteve McGrath
Executive AssistantSally Murdoch

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Spatial prediction of the concentration of selenium (Se) in grain across part of Amhara Region, Ethiopia

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Milne, A. E., Gashu, D., Lark, R. M., Ameded, T., Bailey, E. H., Chagumaira, C., Dunham, S. J., Gameda, S., Kumssa, D. B., Mossa, A. W., Walsh, M. G., Wilson, L., Young, S. D., Ander, E. L., Joy, M. R. B. ., McGrath, S. P. and Broadley, M. 2020. Spatial prediction of the concentration of selenium (Se) in grain across part of Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Science of the Total Environment. 733, p. 139231.

Soil health—useful terminology for communication or meaningless concept? Or both?

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Powlson, D. S. 2020. Soil health—useful terminology for communication or meaningless concept? Or both? Frontiers in Agricultural Science and Engineering.

A green eco-environment for sustainable development - framework and action

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Liu, X., Xu, W., Sha, Z., Zhang, Y., Wen , Z., Wang, J., Zhang, F. and Goulding, K. W. T. 2020. A green eco-environment for sustainable development - framework and action. Frontiers in Agricultural Science and Engineering. 7 (1), pp. 67-74.

Spatial and Temporal Stability of Weed Patches in Cereal Fields under Direct Drilling and Harrow Tillage

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Izquierdo, J., Milne, A. E., Recasens, J., Royo-Esnal, A., Torra, J., Webster, R. and Baraibar, B. 2020. Spatial and Temporal Stability of Weed Patches in Cereal Fields under Direct Drilling and Harrow Tillage. Agronomy. 10 (4), p. 452.

Time-intensive geoelectrical monitoring under winter wheat

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Blanchy, G., Virlet, N., Sadeghi-Tehran, P., Watts, C. W., Hawkesford, M. J., Whalley, W. R. and Binley, A. 2020. Time-intensive geoelectrical monitoring under winter wheat . Near Surface Geophysics.

Long-term agricultural research at Rothamsted

B - Book chapters etc edited externally
Macdonald, A. J., Poulton, P. R., Glendining, M. J. and Powlson, D. S. 2020. Long-term agricultural research at Rothamsted. in: Bhullar, G.S. and Riar, A. (ed.) Long-term Farming Systems Research - Ensuring Food Security in Changing Scenarios Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science. pp. 15-33

Arguments surrounding the essentiality of boron to vascular plants

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
McGrath, S. P. 2020. Arguments surrounding the essentiality of boron to vascular plants. New Phytologist. 226 (5), pp. 1225-1227.

Long-term analysis from a cropping system perspective - Yield stability, environmental adaptability, and production risk of winter barley

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Macholdt, J., Styczen M. E., Macdonald, A. J., Piepho, H-P. and Honermeier, B. 2020. Long-term analysis from a cropping system perspective - Yield stability, environmental adaptability, and production risk of winter barley . European Journal of Agronomy. 117, p. 126056.

Farmyard manure applications stimulate soil carbon and nitrogen cycling by boosting microbial biomass rather than changing its community composition

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Ma, Q., Wen, Y., Wang, D., Sun, X., Hill, P. W., Macdonald, A. J., Chadwick, D. R., Wu, L. and Jones, D. L. 2020. Farmyard manure applications stimulate soil carbon and nitrogen cycling by boosting microbial biomass rather than changing its community composition . Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 144, p. 107760.

Physical properties of a sandy soil as affected by incubation with a synthetic root exudate - strength, thermal and hydraulic conductivity, and evaporation

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Zhang, W., Gao, W., Whalley, W. R. and Ren, T. 2020. Physical properties of a sandy soil as affected by incubation with a synthetic root exudate - strength, thermal and hydraulic conductivity, and evaporation. European Journal of Soil Science. pp. 1-11.

Bacterial and archaeal taxa are reliable indicators of soil restoration across distributed calcareous grasslands

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Armbruster, M., Goodall, T., Hirsch, P. R., Ostle, N., Puissant, J., Fagan, K. C., Pywell, R. F. and Griffiths, R. I. 2020. Bacterial and archaeal taxa are reliable indicators of soil restoration across distributed calcareous grasslands . European Journal of Soil Science.

Wheat dwarfing influences selection of the rhizosphere microbiome

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Kavamura, V. N., Robinson, R. J., Hughes, D., Clark, I. M., Rossmann, M., De Melo, I.S., Hirsch, P. R., Mendes, R. and Mauchline, T. H. 2020. Wheat dwarfing influences selection of the rhizosphere microbiome. Scientific Reports. 10, p. 1452.

Estimating the soil water retention curve - comparison of multiple nonlinear regression approach and random forest data mining technique

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Rastgou, M., Bayat, H., Mansoorizadeh, M. and Gregory, A. S. 2020. Estimating the soil water retention curve - comparison of multiple nonlinear regression approach and random forest data mining technique. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 174, p. 105502.

Effect of free swelling index on improving estimation of the soil moisture retention curve by different methods

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Javanshira, S., Bayat, H. and Gregory, A. S. 2020. Effect of free swelling index on improving estimation of the soil moisture retention curve by different methods. Catena. 189, p. 104479.

UK aphid migration percentiles, covariates and model outputs from the Rothamsted Insect Survey's 12.2 m suction-trap network: 1965 to 2018

N - Datasets
Bourhis, Y., Bell, J. R., Van Den Bosch, F. and Milne, A. E. 2020. UK aphid migration percentiles, covariates and model outputs from the Rothamsted Insect Survey's 12.2 m suction-trap network: 1965 to 2018. Rothamsted Research. doi:10.23637/rothamsted.979yv

A comparison between water uptake and root length density in winter wheat: effects of root density and rhizosphere properties

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Whalley, W. R., Zhang, X., Whalley, P. A., Ashton, R. W., Evans, J., Hawkesford, M. J., Griffiths, G., Huang, Z. D., Zhou, H. and Mooney, S. J. 2020. A comparison between water uptake and root length density in winter wheat: effects of root density and rhizosphere properties . Plant and Soil.

Development of a compost system for the study of plant-microbe interactions

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Masters-Clark, E., Hirsch, P. R., Clark, I. M., Paradelo, M. and Mauchline, T. H. 2020. Development of a compost system for the study of plant-microbe interactions . Scientific Reports. 10, p. 7521.

Miyabeacin: A new cyclodimer presents a potential role for willow in cancer therapy.

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Ward, J. L., Wu, Y., Harflett, C., Onafuye, H., Corol, D. I., Lomax, C., Macalpine, W. J., Cinatl, J., Wass, M. N., Michaelis, M. and Beale, M. H. 2020. Miyabeacin: A new cyclodimer presents a potential role for willow in cancer therapy. Scientific Reports. 10, p. 6477.

An evaluation of automated GPD threshold selection methods for hydrological extremes across different scales

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Curceac, S., Atkinson, P. M., Milne, A. E., Wu, L. and Harris, P. 2020. An evaluation of automated GPD threshold selection methods for hydrological extremes across different scales. Journal of Hydrology. 585, p. 124845.

In depth metagenomic analysis in contrasting oil wells reveals syntrophic bacterial and archaeal associations for oil biodegradation in petroleum reservoirs

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Sierra-Garcia, I. N., Belgini, D. R. B., Torres-Ballesteros, A., Paez-Espino, D., Capill, R., Neto, E. V., Gray, N. and Oliveira, V. M. 2020. In depth metagenomic analysis in contrasting oil wells reveals syntrophic bacterial and archaeal associations for oil biodegradation in petroleum reservoirs. Science of the Total Environment. 715, p. 136646.

The effect of competition on the control of invading plant pathogens

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Sharp, R.T., Van Den Bosch, F. and Shaw, M. W. 2020. The effect of competition on the control of invading plant pathogens. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Atmospheric reactive nitrogen concentration and deposition trends from 2011 to 2018 at an urban site in north China

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Luo, X., Liu, X., Pan, Y., Wen, Z., Zhang, L., Kou, C., Lv, J. and Goulding, K. W. T. 2020. Atmospheric reactive nitrogen concentration and deposition trends from 2011 to 2018 at an urban site in north China. Atmospheric Environment. 224 (March), p. 117298.

Short-term changes in soil pore size distribution : Impact of land use

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Jensen, J. L., Schjonning, P., Watts, C. W., Christensen, B. T. and Munkholm, L. J. 2020. Short-term changes in soil pore size distribution : Impact of land use. Soil & Tillage Research. 199, p. 104597.

Discerning the difference between lumens and scalariform perforation plates in impeding water flow in single xylem vessels and vessel networks

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Gao, Y., Yang, Z., Wang, G., Sun, J. and Zhang, X. X. 2020. Discerning the difference between lumens and scalariform perforation plates in impeding water flow in single xylem vessels and vessel networks . Frontiers in Plant Science. 11 (March 20), p. Article 246.

The effects of cropping sequence, fertilization, and straw management on the yield stability of winter wheat (1986–2017) in the Broadbalk Wheat Experiment, Rothamsted, UK.

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Macholdt, J., Piepho, H-P., Honermeier, B., Perryman, S. A. M., Macdonald, A. J. and Poulton, P. R. 2020. The effects of cropping sequence, fertilization, and straw management on the yield stability of winter wheat (1986–2017) in the Broadbalk Wheat Experiment, Rothamsted, UK. The Journal of Agricultural Science. pp. 1-15.

Meta-analysis of global livestock urine-derived nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural soils.

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Lopez, M., Horrocks, C. A., Charteris, A., Marsden, K. A., Ciganda, V. S., Evans, J., Chadwick, D. R. and Cardenas, L. M. 2020. Meta-analysis of global livestock urine-derived nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural soils. Global Change Biology. 00, pp. 1-12.

The UK Environmental Change Network datasets – integrated and co-located data for long-term environmental research (1993–2015)

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Rennie, S., Andrews, C., Atkinson, S., Beaumont, D. A., Benham, S., Bowmaker, V., Dick, J., Dodd, B., McKenna, C., Pallett, D., Soes, R., Schafer, S. M., Scott, T., Taylor, C. and Watson, H. 2020. The UK Environmental Change Network datasets – integrated and co-located data for long-term environmental research (1993–2015). Earth System Science Data. 12 (1), pp. 87-107.

Soil degradation and recovery – changes in organic matter fractions and structural stability

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Jensen, J. L., Schjonning, P., Watts, C. W., Christensen, B. T, Obour, P. B. and Munkholm, L. J. 2020. Soil degradation and recovery – changes in organic matter fractions and structural stability . Geoderma. 364, p. 114181.

Investigating the effects of inter-annual weather variation (1968-2016) on the functional response of cereal grain yield to applied nitrogen, using data from the Rothamsted Long-Term Experiments

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Addy, J., Ellis, R. H., Macdonald, A. J., Semenov, M. A. and Mead, A. 2020. Investigating the effects of inter-annual weather variation (1968-2016) on the functional response of cereal grain yield to applied nitrogen, using data from the Rothamsted Long-Term Experiments. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 284, p. 107898.

Soil organic carbon, extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), and soil structural stability as affected by previous and current land-use

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Redmile-Gordon, M. A., Watts, C. W., Gregory, A. S. and White, R. P. 2020. Soil organic carbon, extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), and soil structural stability as affected by previous and current land-use. Geoderma. 363 (1st April), p. 114143.

Paleoclimatic fingerprints of ferromanganese nodules in subtropical Chinese soils identified by synchrotron radiation-based microprobes

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Yu, X., Wang, Y., Zhou, G., Peng, G., Brookes, P. C. and Lu, S. 2020. Paleoclimatic fingerprints of ferromanganese nodules in subtropical Chinese soils identified by synchrotron radiation-based microprobes. Chemical Geology. 531, p. 119357.

Percolation theory applied to soil tomography

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Soto-Gomez, D., Vázquez Juiz, L., Perez-Rodriguez, Lopez Periago, J.E., Paradelo, M. and Koestel, J. 2020. Percolation theory applied to soil tomography. Geoderma. 357, p. 113959.

Adverse weather conditions for UK wheat production under climate change

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Harkness, C., Semenov, M. A., Areal, F., Senapati, N., Trnka, M., Balek, J. and Bishop, J. 2020. Adverse weather conditions for UK wheat production under climate change. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 282-283, p. 107862.

Soil as an Extended Composite Phenotype of the Microbial Metagenome

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Neal, A. L., Bacq-Labreuil, A., Zhang, X., Clark, I. M., Coleman, K., Mooney, S. J., Ritz, K. and Crawford, J. W. 2020. Soil as an Extended Composite Phenotype of the Microbial Metagenome. Scientific Reports. 10, p. 10649.

Optimizing multifunctional agroecosystems in irrigated dryland agriculture to restore soil carbon – experiments and model

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Giongo, V., Coleman, K., Da Silva Santanac, M., Monteiro Salviano, A., Olszveskid, N., Whitmore, A. P. and Richter, G. M. 2020. Optimizing multifunctional agroecosystems in irrigated dryland agriculture to restore soil carbon – experiments and model. Science of the Total Environment. p. 138072.

A novel approach to estimate soil penetrometer resistance from water content, bulk density, and shear wave velocity: A laboratory study on a loamy sand soil

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Zhang, W., Gao, W., Ren, T. and Whalley, W. R. 2020. A novel approach to estimate soil penetrometer resistance from water content, bulk density, and shear wave velocity: A laboratory study on a loamy sand soil. Geoderma. 368 (1 June), p. 114276.

Changes of oxygen isotope values of soil P pools associated with changes in soil pH

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Pfahler, V., Macdonald, A. J., Mead, A., Smith, A. C., Tamburini, F., Blackwell, M. S. A. and Granger, S. J. 2020. Changes of oxygen isotope values of soil P pools associated with changes in soil pH. Scientific Reports. 10 (2065).

What makes or breaks a campaign to stop an invading plant pathogen?

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Milne, A., Gottwald, T., Parnell, S. R., Alonso Chavez, V. and Vandenbosch, F. 2020. What makes or breaks a campaign to stop an invading plant pathogen? PLOS Computational Biology. 16 (2), p. e1007570.

The UK Environmental Change Network datasets - integrated and co-located data for long-term environmental research (1993-2015)

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Rennie, S., Andrews, C., Atkinson, S., Beaumont, D. A., Benham, S., Bowmaker, V., Dick, J., Dodd, B., McKenna, C., Pallett, D., Rose, R., Schafer, S., Scott, T., Sherrin, L., Taylor, C. and Watson, H. The UK Environmental Change Network datasets - integrated and co-located data for long-term environmental research (1993-2015). Earth System Science Data.

The Effect of Different Organic Fertilizers on Yield and Soil and Crop Nutrient Concentrations

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Thomas, C. L., Acquah, G., Whitmore, A. P., McGrath, S. P. and Haefele, S. M. 2019. The Effect of Different Organic Fertilizers on Yield and Soil and Crop Nutrient Concentrations. Agronomy. 9 (12), p. 776.